People of Faith: June 5, 2015

Rev. J. Wayne Clark

Rev. J. Wayne Clark

Hendrix names Clark associate VP for development, dean of the chapel

Hendrix College chaplain the Rev. J. Wayne Clark has been named the college’s associate vice president for development and dean of the chapel. The change, effective June 1, was announced in an April 29 news release.

“Wayne has served the college well as our chaplain for 18 years, and has developed great relations not only with our campus community but also our alumni and friends across the state and nation,” said W. Ellis Arnold III, senior executive vice president, general counsel and dean of advancement for Hendrix.

A 1984 Hendrix alumnus, Clark earned his master’s degree in 1989 from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Before his tenure as Hendrix chaplain, he served as chaplain for Children’s Medical Center’s hematology, oncology and neurology departments in Dallas; as minister of the Halifax Methodist Circuit in Halifax, England; and as associate minister of Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas. Within Arkansas, he has served United Methodist congregations in Magnolia and Pine Bluff.

At Hendrix, Clark successfully directed the planning grant that led to a $2 million grant from the Lilly Foundation to develop programs to assist students in the “theological exploration of vocation.” During the five-year grant, he helped secure an additional $1.5 million to extend the original grant by three years. Clark successfully worked to secure a $1 million gift to continue the work and programming of the Lilly Foundation to be named the Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics and Calling. He was instrumental in writing and receiving a $500,000 five-year grant from The Lilly Foundation to establish a program for Clergy and Civic Engagement, and in securing a $50,000 gift to endow the John and Marjem Gill Preaching Workshop.

Clark also started and supervised a United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF) Leadership Scholarship program. More than 250 Hendrix students have participated in the program, which has motivated and mobilized students to lead worship services and preach in more than 400 United Methodist congregations throughout Arkansas.

In his new role, Clark will oversee the Hendrix Annual Fund, planned giving and major gifts, as well as provide leadership for Advancement Services.

“As a member of the Advancement Leadership Team since 2008, he has worked collaboratively with our overall advancement efforts, and we are thrilled that he will now focus his efforts on development as we prepare for our next comprehensive campaign,” Arnold said.

“I am honored to be given this opportunity to serve my alma mater in this new capacity and hope that I can continue to build strong relations with the United Methodist Church and alumni,” Clark said. “I have been enriched through my work with students, faculty, and staff and know this will continue in my new role. The students have truly been a blessing to me, and I look forward to reconnecting with many of them.”

Associate chaplain and associate director of the Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics and Calling the Rev. J.J. Whitney will serve as interim Hendrix chaplain. She joined the Hendrix staff in 2002 as program coordinator for the Hendrix-Lilly Vocations Initiative. In 2005, she was awarded the Francis Asbury Award for Fostering United Methodist Ministries in Higher Education from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Whitney and Clark have helped more than 45 Hendrix students attend seminary.

Founded in 1876 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884, Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. Hendrix is featured in a number of guides to higher education, including Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges.